There are approximately 87,000 flights in domestic skies at any given time, a third of which are commercial carriers, according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. Our lives are becoming more and more dependent on air travel. Whether it’s for work or personal reasons, most of us have traveled via plan at least once in our lives. While commercial airplane disasters don’t occur often, when they do the accident stays in our memories. As a nation, we are constantly trying to keep our citizens safe in the air, but sometimes accidents are unavoidable. From structural defects to maintenance and pilot errors, there are many factors that can contribute to a plane crash. Luckily plane crashes are rare, but when they happen, it can leave friends and family members in a daze. Unfortunately, there are rarely any survivors and news is often slow getting to families. After a commercial plane crash, you will want to hire an attorney who will be both sympathetic and dedicated. The attorneys at Ligori & Sanders will take the time to listen to your story, so that we can tailor a legal strategy to your specific needs. We understand how devastating an accident can be, especially when it takes the life of a loved one too soon. The National Transportation Safety Board, a government agency responsible for investigating a crash and determining the cause, says that pilot error and aircraft malfunction are the leading causes of plane crashes. Even in circumstances where turbulence or ice is a factor, these weather conditions are generally foreseeable, and the pilot should have training in handling various weather conditions. Since there are so many factors that can play into a plane crash, it can be an immensely difficult job to understand the exact cause. That’s why it’s important to hire aviation attorneys who will take the time, not only to get to know you, but also the facts of the case.

General Aviation

General aviation can include small private, commercial and corporate flights, which account for almost half of flight hours in the United States. The variety of aircraft type and particular operational demands make this an immensely complex area of aviation law. The NTSB reports that flights in the general aviation category have a higher percentage of fatal accidents per 100,000 flight hours. Comparatively, general aviation reports an average of 1.45 fatal accidents per 100,000 flight hours, whereas commercial flights report an average of .017 per 100,000 flight hours. Aviation accidents can be the result of many causes, including:

  • Pilot error
  • Runway defects
  • Mechanical failure, including engine and other component failure
  • Improper maintenance
  • Violation of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations
  • Structural or design problems
  • Federal Air Traffic Controller error
  • The FAA sets regulations for aircraft, pilots, and aircraft manufacturers. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigates every commercial and private aircraft accident. As the NTSB investigation proceeds, we will take action to ensure that evidence is protected from potential tampering.

Like auto insurance companies, airlines and their insurance companies will have skilled attorneys on their side. Often times their goal is to minimize the amount of any settlement or verdict that may be rendered in favor of injured victims. That’s why you should have attorneys whose sole purpose is to help you get better. Please contact the attorneys at Ligori & Sanders for your free case consultation, and to learn more about aviation law.